What is even scarier is that people must have acted racially towards the black children or their families in order for the children to think that they should place black people below white people. They are being molded to accept that they will always be looked down upon, which is completely wrong. Skin color and hair texture should in no way determine a person’s value in the world. The different characteristics between us should be what we are proud of and what makes us shine. Children need to learn this early, so that they understand they don’t have to fit any standard in society. The only way to hinder these thoughts from coming to children is to not put them before their eyes in the first place. In order to do this, society needs to change what it sets as the “mythical norm” for people in society.
The film seemed to illustrate that the meaning that has come to be associated with difference is ugly. One girl even claimed that, “I use to think of myself as being ugly, as being dark-skinned.” People want to fit in so much that they use bleaching creams, chemical straighteners, and many more obscure means that seem ridiculous when viewing them from the outside. Yet, I know when I’m in the same position that I go to the same extremes. And it is not only black people that deal with trying to reach society’s norm. The film portrayed white women as trying to overcome the stigma of being conceited or weak. The book describes white privilege as the “invisible package of unearned assets that White people can count on cashing in every day” (pg 62). I think the author should have titled this white male privilege. The film does focus on the fact that black people do fall far behind white people in privilege; however, I think the film also portrays the fact that white women still fall far behind white men in privilege as well. Society still has many strides to take towards equality, but I think the first step is for us all to understand that we should be embracing our differences.